Keith Michael Williams was born in Visalia, CA on December 18, 1994, to Frankie Williams and Debbie Tuttle.
Keith was the youngest of three and was fondly known as "Keefers" or "The Boy".
Keith attended Crestwood Elementary, Royal Oaks and Linwood Elementary, La Joya Middle school and graduated from El Diamante High School in 2011. Keith participated in Football, Drum Line, El Diamante Link Crew, and was part of the Homecoming Court 2013. Keith was a SCICON camp counselor and was an ASA softball umpire. Keith enjoyed dove hunting, attending pow-wows, and any activity that put him in motion - long boarding, snowboarding, skiing, and surfing. Keith loved listening to music and hanging out with his best friend Martin Sustaita.
Keith upheld along time tradition of his family to join the US Army infantry after high school. He graduated from Fort Benning, GA on August 18, 2013. He was stationed in Fort Carson, CO in December 2013 and deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan in March 2014.
Keith sustained a head injury when an IED struck his vehicle and he was airlifted to the Kandahar hospital where he died. Staff Sgt. Benjamin Prange (Nebraska) was also killed and three other soldiers survived the explosion.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Harry and Edna Williams (Porterville) and Robert Painter (Australia); and his aunts, Pamela Williams (Porterville) and Marie Painter (New Zealand).
He is survived by his step-father, Mike Tuttle; step-mother Tara Williams; sisters, Samantha Williams and Chelsea Sestini; step-sisters, Alice Shabazian, and Maggie Boles; and step-brothers, Nick Boles and Christopher Tuttle; his brother in-law, Shaun Sesfini;and nieces and nephews Reagan, Trent and Greyson Sestini and Kenna Williams; grandmother, Jean Painter (Australia); and multiple aunts, uncles and cousins in Porterville, Australia and New Zealand.
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8, 2014, at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel in Visalia.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at First Assembly of God Church, 3737 S. Akers, Visalia, followed by Military Honors and American Indian Service at El Diamante High School, 5100 W. Whitendale Ave., Visalia. Burial will be private.
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SALSER & DILLARD FUNERAL CHAPEL
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Published by Fresno Bee on Aug. 7, 2014.